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How far back can homosexuality be traced in Africa? You cannot argue with rock paintings. Thousands of years ago, the San people of Zimbabwe depicted anal sex between men. The truth is that, like everywhere else, African people have expressed a wide range of sexualities. Far from bringing homosexuality with them, Christian and Islamic forces fought to eradicate it. By challenging the continent’s indigenous social and religious systems, they helped demonise and persecute homosexuality in Africa, paving the way for the taboos that prevail today.
The idea that African homosexuality was a colonial import is a myth | Bernardine Evaristo | Comment is free | (via qbits)

why you shouldn't see blue is the warmest color: the director is a coercive, manipulative, abusive piece of shit







IN THIS INTERVIEW the young actresses in Blue is The Warmest Color, an acclaimed faux-documentary style movie made in France about two lesbians, talk about being coerced to engage in sexual activity they were not comfortable with, being coerced to literally smack each other over and over in dramatic scenes, to lick snot off of each other, work far longer than they agreed to, work grueling hours, and were “trapped” in the project by a violent and fetishizing piece of shit male director who they say they’ll never work with again.

I’m sure this is just the tip of the ice berg.

Please do not support this film.

trigger warning for coercion and the interviewer’s apologism and fuckery

I can’t believe I didn’t know any of this - it is so brave and strong of these two actresses to come out about their story. It is so sad to know so late that a movie I enjoyed so much was created by abuse. It sounds like this movie was strong for its incredible acting and strong original writing. I know I will never be giving my money or time to the director again.

More reasons not to trust men with women’s stories, especially lesbian stories, and certainly not with anything to do with women’s sexuality. Even artistic directors shoot it like its porn. This is abusive and exploitative.

This hurts me a lot but I am also hurt and insulted by this because this movie is based on one of my all-time favorite queer comics, which goes by the same name. (Link to Wiki in English) I read it in Spanish (El azul es un color cálido, but either way. It was, and it remains, an incredible book with breathtaking art, which inspires me to draw and write and dance and generally be creative for WEEKS every time I read it. And it also breaks my heart every time I read it because what good story doesn’t?

Aside from looking and reading brilliantly, it’s a great story about two teen girls, one very much out as gay and the other coming to terms with her own sexuality, and all the things and people she loses by developing her identity. Plus it’s set in Not America (France, specifically), created by Not Americans, and written in Not English, which is fantastic because although there are lots of great foreign stories, they are rarely picked up outside of the region they were created.

Don’t watch the movie go read the book you won’t regret it

Think of me when you’re sobbing your eyes out as you read it though omgs.

This is why I don’t want to watch this movie, but I’d love to put my hands on the comic.

The English version is on Amazon for 13 bucks! (Versus the French for 36 and the Spanish for 45. Yuck.) It’s also on Ebay for around the same price.

Absolutely worth 13 bucks, though. Promise. You’ll read and reread and rereread it.


not everyone who blogs about social justice issues is a social justice warrior! there are social justice clerics, social justice rogues, social justice rangers, and social justice wizards, among other classes. nobody’s going to get anywhere without diversity; if you go into any boss dungeon with a party consisting entirely of social justice warriors and expect to beat it then you are going to be sorely disappointed.

Really though.


Better Protection Coming for Seabird in Santa Cruz Mountains

A diminutive seabird that gained national prominence during the “Timber Wars” of the 1990s will get a bit more stringent protection in Santa Cruz County. It’s a result of a settlement between an environmental group and the California State Parks — and residents will get cleaner state parks in the process.

The southernmost population of the marbled murrelet, a 10-inch auk relative, lays its eggs in the thick moss atop branches of ancient redwood trees and other old growth, just barely hangs on in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Only about five percent of the bird’s nesting habitat remains: most of it has been logged, making the Threatened species a bit of a cause célèbre during the controversy over logging of the Pacific Northwest’s ancient forests during the 1990s.

In the Santa Cruz Mountains’ redwood parks, one of the biggest threats to the murrelet comes from other birds raiding its nests. The chief culprits are ravens and Steller’s jays, both avid nest predators. Garbage left by campers in state parks attracts the ravens and jays, which increases pressure on the murrelets. That’s why a legal settlement announced Tuesday in which State Parks agrees to keep garbage away from scavengers is being lauded by wildlife defenders….

In Tuesday’s settlement with CBD, State Parks has agreed to enact measures at Big Basin and the nearby Butano and Portola state parks to control nest predator numbers and educate members of the public about the importance of keeping the parks clean. Among other measures, State Parks will install animal-proof garbage containers and construct indoor dishwashing facilities for campers, thus cutting down on the amount of food waste available to scavenging birds.

The agency also agrees to monitor murrelet numbers annually and assess the bird’s status every three years to see if further measures are needed to protect the species.

(via ReWild | KCET)


India teen tells US how to save $400 million by changing font (via The Hindu)

A 14-year-old Indian-origin boy has come up with a unique plan that could help the U.S. save nearly $400 million a year by merely changing the font used on official documents.

Suvir Mirchandani, a student in a Pittsburgh-area middle school, claimed that if the federal government used the Garamond font exclusively it could save about $136 million per year, nearly 30 per cent less than the estimated $467 dollars it spends annually on ink.

An additional $234 million could be saved annually if state governments also implemented the change.

Mirchandani said the idea came to him when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money as part of a science fair project at his school, CNN reported.

The youngster noticed that he was getting a lot more handouts than he did in elementary school and decided to figure out if he could minimize use of paper and ink.

While recycling paper was one way to save money and conserve resources, Mirchandani said little attention had been paid to the ink used on the papers.

“Ink is two times more expensive than French perfume by volume,” he said, adding that he then decided to focus his project on finding ways to cut down the cost of ink.

As part of his experiment, he collected random samples of teachers’ handouts and focused on the most commonly used characters such as e, t, a, o and r.

He noted how often each character was used in different fonts like Garamond, Times New Roman, Century Gothic and Comic Sans and then measured how much ink was used for each letter, using an ink coverage software.

From his analysis, Mirchandani figured out that by using the Garamond font with its thinner strokes, his school district could reduce its ink consumption by 24 per cent and in turn save as much as $21,000 annually.


He repeated his tests on five sample pages from documents on the Government Printing Office website and got similar results that changing the font would save money.

Mirchandani’s findings have been published in the Journal for Emerging Investigators (JEI), a publication founded by a group of Harvard students in 2011 that provides a platform for the work of middle school and high school students.

One of the journal’s founders Sarah Fankhauser said that of the nearly 200 submissions they have received since 2011, Mirchandani’s project stood out.

“We were so impressed. We really could really see the real-world application in Suvir’s paper,” Fankhauser was quoted as saying…”


In this striking new series, New Zealand-based artist Henry Hargreaves worked with New York-based stylist Caitlin Levin to create gorgeous maps all made out of food. Originally inspired by a passion for travel, the two decided to take the food each country is best known for—spices for India, tomatoes for Italy, kiwi for New Zealand—and arrange them in a way that’s beautifully pleasant to the eye (and perhaps stomach).



Lets have a dystopian future movie where none of the actors are white

Not a single one

No reason

No explanation

There’s just no white people and not a single character questions it

Watch how quickly people notice and get pissed off

but wouldn’t it be better to put one white extra in the far background of a huge crowd shot for a few frames, so we could point to them every time someone gets pissed off?

All the movie genres could use this treatment, but sci-fi would be the best one.

You can get wild, organic salmon with an EBT card in Manhattan… It’s *insanity*

soundbite I just retrieved from accidentally switching to Fox News

this is literally revolting

because apparently low-income people can’t enjoy good foods, huh?

evil motherfuckers

how fucking insulting this channel is

how fucking insulting 

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Classism (and racism/white-supremacy): believing that poor people, particularly PoC and immigrants, don’t deserve to eat healthy foods. Destroy capitalism and white/Western-supremacy. (via the-uncensored-she)

And yet, how many fucking times have you heard some douchebag complain about all the OMG UNHEALTHY stuff they saw in the cart of a person who used EBT?!? There’s just no way to win with these people.

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